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Palin: Crazy or Crazy Like a Fox?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's interview for a forthcoming documentary about the way in which she was covered during her bid for the vice presidency in 2008 has once again catapulted her into the middle of the national political conversation.

The nine-minute video clip -- first published on Andrew Breitbart's "Big Hollywood" site -- features a sympathetic interviewer in the form of conservative talk radio host John Ziegler and a politician with scores to settle.

"A lot of people are capitalizing on some exploiting that was done on me, my family and my administration," said Palin. "That is a bit perplexing but it also says a lot of about our society."

She suggested that comic Tina Fey's choice as entertainer of the year by the Associated Press was a prime example of that exploitation, and had harsh words for CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric; "You are not the center of the universe," Palin scolded Couric.

Asked about the coverage Caroline Kennedy has received in the early days of her campaign for the seat of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Palin suggested that Kennedy had been treated kindly by the mainstream media (a characterization that Kennedy allies would dispute) compared to her own coverage as the vice presidential nominee. She attributed that difference in coverage to a "class" issue -- suggesting that Kennedy's affluence sat better with reporters than her middle class roots.

"There is so much hypocrisy in it all," Palin lamented -- more in sorrow than anger.

The interview, which has already been viewed more than 600,000 times on You Tube, drew massive amounts of attention -- primarily from Palin's critics on the left who took it as further evidence that she was/is simply unfit to even be considered for national office.

"The whole thing is amazing to watch," wrote one poster on the Daily Kos blog. "She lives in alternate reality. It's very funny, yet very scary."

Others, like the Post's own Ruth Marcus, shot holes through Palin's suggestions about the double standards in the media coverage between her and Kennedy.

Writes Marcus:

"The difference is not one of party but of position. It's not a 'class issue,' as Palin put it in her interview , but a job issue: vice president vs. senator. If Barack Obama had tapped Kennedy to be his vice-presidential nominee, I would have been howling about her unfitness, not getting all misty-eyed about the cute little girl on her pony."

And yet, despite that quite legitimate criticism, we continue to believe that there is a certain level of strategy and savvy in Palin's ongoing jihad against the media, the left and the affluent.

We know from polling that among conservative Republicans -- the group most likely to agree wholeheartedly with Palin's assessment of the media and of the outsized power of the wealthy -- the Alaska governor remains extremely popular.

And, it just so happens that conservative Republicans tend to be the ones who have the strongest say in the choice of the party's presidential nominee every four years.

The more Palin can cement the idea that she is the populist voice that many Republicans have been waiting for ever since Ronald Reagan left office in 1988, the more likely it is she will retain her popularity among the rank and file of the party and be in a strong position should she decide to run for president in 2012.

Interviews like this one -- and the subsequent publicity surrounding it -- do just that. In a leaderless party, Palin is making sure her voice is heard loud and clear, and that the following she built in 2008 (and whether you like it or not, she did build a following) stays loyal to her. That loyalty will be critical if and when she decides to seek the presidency in three years time.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 9, 2009; 1:25 PM ET
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A power tripping bimbo pageant queen seeking the highest office in the land vs. a reluctant duty bound senate appointment. Certainly every Senator in the United States deserves the scrutiny of those running for the Executive, the media should get right on that. I would be curious if Ms. Kennedy understood what her job as a Senator from New York would be as opposed to Gov Palins understanding of the office of VP? I wonder if Ms. Kennedy has ever read the constitution or is aware of any other Supreme Court rulings besides Roe v Wade? Why not ask Ms. Kennedy the same questions asked of Governer Palin and compare the answers. Could you imagine the ratings bonanza when the media turns the every two year cycle of legislative elections into the circus they have turned our presidential elections into!

Posted by: mightytightywhity | January 11, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't care for her, but I think Sarah Palin is a very serious contender for the Republican Nomination in 2012. The people who love her really love her, and she have four years more years of time in the spotlight. She'll present a lot better in 2012.

Obama just seems unbeatable because his inauguration is going to be like the event of the century, but he's shown about a zillion cracks since the election. He made an fool of himself in Hawaii preening for the cameras while there was violence in Gaza. Two days later he and Reid put Burris through a humiliation and when Burris & Co stand up to Obama he buckles and acts like Burris was his boyhood hero pinning it all on Reid. He's scared to death of Howard Dean. And any world head-of-state who has a difference of opinion will own Obama because he really has no views of his own and has settled into a comfort zone of being the third term of Bush.

He's annoyed other heads-of-state that can cause him problems and kissed up to those that don't care one way or the other.

There's already a lot of dissention among African-American voters who voted for him on the historical thing but felt like Kucinich, Ron Paul and even Clinton actually spoke more to their issues.

Obama has no desire nor intention too deliver on African-American issues. Health issues are huge there, and the Sanjay Gupta appointment was an insult. Just as the Rick Warren thing was an insult to his gay and Jewish electorate.

Strength always works. It's why Bush with 25% approval got everything he wanted. A weak, ungrounded guy like Obama, can try to make himself SEEM stronger by being homophobic but that just makes him seem weak, even with his Red State male voters.

Wexler offers a great contrast. An aggressive guy who has successfully dealt with losing AIPAC money and is all strength and values. He'll have all of Dean's money behind him which is not to be discounted.

It will be an interesting test if he beats Obama, how a true progressive but a very strong one will stack up against a true "Flag Pin/Church" conservative who is also very strong.

Posted by: DexterClinkscale | January 11, 2009 7:00 AM | Report abuse

She gives interviews, she writes books, she stays in the limelight, she is crazy like a fox. She may be the 2012 nominee. And what the heck, the Republicans will have to offer up a sacrificial lamb in 2012 and it might as well be here. Somebody has to run against Obama at that time but I doubt that anybody will beat him at that time.

Posted by: Opa2 | January 11, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

It's funny that she still has not answered the question of "What publications do you read?" Beyond saying, "Don't you know, local papers and USA Today," she has no substantive answers. I would hope that any governor reads more publications than my grandfather.

And comparing her to Reagan is insulting to Reagan. While Reagan may have helped usher in the religious right that is parasitically killing the Republican party, he was certainly much brighter and a much better politician (no one is lining up to call Palin a "great communicator.")

Verdict: Crazy

Posted by: kane1 | January 10, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

She's not just a fool but she's a shameless fool. After eight years of arrogant and incompetent, the Republicans are going for another double play.

Posted by: ryanvb | January 10, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

One thing that Palin hasn't seemed to notice about Kennedy: Kennedy is not going around sounding like an imbecile, embarrassing America while doing so. There is a little bit of a difference between the these two people. It could have been said of Palin, as it was of Dan Quayle: you Sarah Palin are no Kennedy. Get over it. You never will be.

Posted by: DarylAtamanyk | January 10, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin has no qualifications for public office, but she does understand how to be a celebrity. Make sure you're in the news at least once a week.

To stay in the public eye, you can do anything absurd, say anything absurd, be anything absurd. Palin manages all those, and so she continues to be a celebrity. Her supporters have one and only one criterion -- no abortions (which means that the majority of American women are as qualified as Palin and they too should also run for president).

Wars, poverty, economic fragility, domestic unrest, American power, injustice, public infrastructure, deaths of millions by disease, starvation, or malnutrition -- none of those issues matter to Palin's supporters.

So long as the media continue to treat her like a celebrity, the media line her path to becoming Queen of the World, and they help those single-issue voters continue to dote on the least qualified national candidate in American history.

Posted by: mebwe | January 10, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Palin is an attention wh0re who can't bear all the public attention Obama is (justly) garnering during the run-up to his inauguration. This is her ploy to try to distract from him: "Look at me, look at me! I just got my face over-Botoxed and my lips collagened, and have a new script filled with vitriol to unleash!"

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 10, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin is playing right to the Republican base. They love to feel like an aggrieved and put-upon minority. They will lap up this sort of whining.

To everyone else, it's sort of pathetic.

Posted by: nodebris | January 10, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Palin is correct when she infers that the media treats her differently from Kennedy and maybe its a class issue. KENNEDY HAS SOME!

Posted by: kentduffy | January 10, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Real Americans love Gov. Palin.

And the more the sick immoral elites attack, the more we love her.

Posted by: zjr78xva

We know. That's what this is all about. Targeting the elite.
PS. Elite means, graduated from law school or graduated from any school east of the Rockies. Elite means capable of good SAT scores. Elite means, THEM. US, vs THEM. The bad media. THEM.
That's what she's up too. Targeting the media to rile up the base. She's good at that. The question will remain, whether she can win the nomination since she will have to actually run and answer questions for a year this time.

Posted by: ottothewise | January 10, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear King of Zouk, Palin was not cleared. She was found guilty of violation of statues pertaining to the ethics of alaskan officials.
They were specific. She put her employees into the position of having to either get fired for refusing direct orders or they too had to break state statutes. Your claim that she was cleared is false and stems from a lie she told the next day. She was only cleared of firing the commisioner illegally. She was NOT cleared of violations of statutes. And... she is still in court defending her illegal use of Yahoo to do state business.
You may look up on google, PALIN ethics violations statutes, and see for yourself the exact wording of the GUILTY findings.
Only not guilty of firing Monehan illegally. Yes, guilty of other crimes as stated in the finding. read it.

Posted by: ottothewise | January 10, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The best part of her new video this is all stirred up by, is where she says that if she been the Dem nominee, the media would have given her a pass.

---- She really thinks that there is some way the DEMS would have selected her?

Posted by: ottothewise | January 10, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Thank you DASIMON, well said:

Anyone who bothers reading the news, period--knows that Caroline Kennedy has hardly been treated as royalty by the press. Her candidacy for the senate appointment has been criticized, and her qualifications questioned.

Maybe if Palin read "all" those papers she says she does, she'd know that. The problem isn't a class thing; the problem is that she doesn't take the trouble to learn the facts before she talks to the press. And when she gets the facts wrong, she blames the press instead of taking responsibility herself.

If she got bad press, she has no one to blame but herself because she can't get her facts straight.

Posted by: ottothewise | January 10, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

1. Palin is inaccurate about Kennedy. She is not leading in the polls and she wont be chosen. Cuomo has 58% of the Dems in the polls and Kennedy only 27%.
2. ALL the rest is typical GOP diatribe against the media, with no basis in fact. If Palin answered two questions honestly during her campaign, the sky would have fallen. My personal favorite is her slew of self serving spew after she was FOUND GUILTY of abuse of power, an ethics violation of the Alaskan statutes. She then said, I have been found not guilty. Such lies made it impossible for anyone to take her seriously. That is not about the media hounding her. It was about her lies, and her abuse of power. PS. She also spun her attempt to find out how to ban books, as a 'what if' question. No content, just 'what if'. That's the FOX version. The reality is, she attempted to learn the process to ban books while mayor.
The GOP denial and her denial of her behavior makes it clear she is very dangerous, re-writing reality to suit herself. She is LUCKY she was not called out in a more clear way.

Posted by: ottothewise | January 10, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin's talking about self.

As a card carrying member of the 'sick immoral elite' - I don't care how she worships. Spending tens of thousands of dollars on clothes is immoral. Michelle Obama has the same financial opportunities as Sarah Palin, but manages to avoid big spending on herself.

Posted by: DonJasper | January 10, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is foxy and crazy! Seriously though, there's not much to debate about here. Palin was a bad choice for vp, but that was McCain's fault, not the republican party's. I say put her in the recycle bin and move forward.

Posted by: tommyd60 | January 10, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's motto:

I will FLIRT my way into office.

Wink Wink.

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 10, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

johnL1: If you love Sarah Palin, then it's time to start thinking with your brain instead of your crotch.

Vulgar, but true.

Why is it that MEN seem to love her the most? Oh, DUH!!!!

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 10, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The most childish thing Sarah has done lately:

Telling Katie Couric "You're not the center of everyone's universe."

I mean PUH-LEEZE!

The woman sounds like a vengeful junior high school student, not the governor of a state.

Note to Sarah: YOU are the one who made a monstrous fool of yourself during the interview with Couric. For the life of me, I have no idea how Katie managed to keep a straight face while talking to you.

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 10, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I am a lifelong Democrat, a Bill Clinton idolizer, and I love Sarah Palin.
I hate what the mainstream media has done to try and portray her as stupid, or evil.
Liberals, racists, and self-haters are scared of this appealing woman.
GO SARAH!!

Posted by: johnL1 | January 10, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Palin's biggest problem is the MSM. Decreasing oil prices are impacting Alaska's budget, there are many potential problems with the gas pipeline, I've even read that Venezuela is supplying oil to poor rural communities (not sure if that's true). If her stewardship of Alaska turns out to be a failure, the "real" American, reformer, family-values-cheerleader image she projects will be completely irrelevant.

Posted by: -pamela | January 10, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

As with many of her interviews, Palin speaks about the world as she thinks it is or wants it to be rather than learning the facts first.

Anyone who lives in New York and reads the news--or, actually, anyone who bothers reading the news, period--knows that Caroline Kennedy has hardly been treated as royalty by the press. Her candidacy for the senate appointment has been criticized, and her qualifications questioned.

Maybe if Palin read "all" those papers she says she does, she'd know that. The problem isn't a class thing; the problem is that she doesn't take the trouble to learn the facts before she talks to the press. And when she gets the facts wrong, she blames the press instead of taking responsibility herself.

If she got bad press, she has no one to blame but herself because she can't get her facts straight. Proximity to Russia did not give her foreign policy experience; she didn't say "thanks but no thanks" when initially supported the Bridge To Nowhere; the Constitution doesn't give the VP the ability hang out with Senators and shape policy. These were not "gotcha" moments, they were moments of her own making.

And this Kennedy assertion is just another one. As NY Senator Moynihan once said, everyone is entitled to his own opinion but no one is entitled to his own facts. If Palin learned that, maybe more people would start taking her seriously. But perhaps that's just another fact she'd prefer to ignore.

Posted by: dasimon | January 10, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

To think that at times, I would actually be amused on how the media would cover political stories by sensationalizing to make the story more exciting.
Well, I stop being amused when the attacks on President Bush started by leftist coons and the media’s exaggeration in support of these coons.
Hilary trashing by the media was due to the love affair the media has for Obama. The trashing of Palin by the media was not even bias, it was just plain nasty and vicious.
Attacking her and her family with no regards to the truth and not to mention that children were involved in the attack; is beyond me.
I would love to see the family background of theses reporters, celebrities, leftist coons, that consider themselves elite and classy and see how they stack up……I bet you that even I would be amused again.
I'm already laughing that Ms. Kennedy will become Senator Kennedy, yet the media is no where in site to attack her credentials.
Media and Politics…..it’s so amusing…..I think?

Posted by: pascualmizcles | January 10, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

You don't hear liberals savaging the empty-headed and unaccomplished self-styled "Italian grandma" Pelosi -- who's (terrifyingly) just one heartbeat farther from the presidency that Gov. Palin would have been.

Hypocrites.

Posted by: zjr78xva | January 10, 2009 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Democrats have no shortage of their own dithering airheads, from the loathsome Barbara Boxer to Patty Murray to "Little" Debbie Stabenow to the vile Maxine Waters to... HRH Princess Caroline Schlossberg, who's not exactly Nobel material herself, to judge from the little available evidence.

Yet I don't recall any of them being subjected to the kind of viciousness that's been visited upon Gov. Palin.

Liberals are such nasty hypocritical sickos.

Posted by: zjr78xva | January 10, 2009 5:31 AM | Report abuse

sorry but did she say"Grizzly mama"christ has shes ever been out of alaska?!cath

Posted by: cathode | January 10, 2009 5:17 AM | Report abuse

Real Americans love Gov. Palin. She's an inspiration and will be a superb president.

Posted by: zjr78xva | January 10, 2009 5:15 AM | Report abuse

JustAnAmerican1956
Please someone tell me that whatever happens with Kennedy it does not somehow legitimize Palin!

Well, at least there's a strong chance that Caroline Kennedy knows what the Vice President's Senatorial duties are as outlined in the Constitution. Palin, on the other hand, famously told that little boy how the VP runs the Senate and makes laws. Oh wait, I guess Palin thought that was another media gotcha moment, rather than a self-inflicted injury.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 10, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Chris! What is with you 'little girl crush' on Palin?

You had it right the with 'Crazy'. True, Palin might give the GOP Wing of the Republican Party a H@rd-0n whenever she opens her mouth... ahem... but the more she talks the more idiotic she makes herself out to be to rest of the country.

She's a pinhead from the frozen north.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | January 10, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Please someone tell me that whatever happens with Kennedy it does not somehow legitimize Palin!

Sorry but when I saw Palin interviewed by Couric that was all it took for McCain to LOSE MY VOTE. And I was going to vote GOP.

Why? Caught dead to rights, Palin straight-face made up the kind of Mommy-BS tale a woman might tell a 3 year old except she was feeding it to Couric and the American people.
We're NOT little kids, Sarah. And you're NOT qualified for the job you ran for even if Kennedy gets the job she's NOT qualified for either. You're both poor choices, it's that simple.

So please drop the spoiled brat routine, the look what she got, I want mine! You lost not only for yourself but for John too. From what I saw, the GOP wanted to throw the election anyway and that's why they picked you just in case he would have won.

My big new hope is that Kennedy LOSES just so I don't have to see you legitimized despite your obvious failings.

God Save America!

Posted by: JustAnAmerican1956 | January 9, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

heh heh

Yeah Sarah's a real piece o' work
I've heard that she calls people *jerks*
She's got an IQ
That's lower than 2
And plenty of dubious quirks!

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 9, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Why is Sarah Palin News ? Isn't there more important issues to write about ? If this is the best person the Republicans have ..... "falls off my chair laughing" McCain should put her back where he found her .... I bet he regrets the day he heard her name.

Posted by: gatorsn09 | January 9, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Sarah and decency:
Already pregnant when she got married (so much for abstinence-only). Daughter surpassed mom by getting knocked up under-age, dropping out of high school and not marrying her baby-daddy before the child was born, making it illegitimate; any bets on whether the couple ever ties the knot? Didn't think so.

Sarah and humanity:
Gleefully kills wild animals (would even do so from an aircraft, how sporting) and has no qualms about butchering and field-dressing them. She was also utterly oblivious to the other turkeys being beheaded at a slaughterhouse while she pardoned one for the pre-Thanksgiving video op.

Sarah and love of family:
Farmed out two of her daughters to her sister (which is when Bristol got pregnant), and went back to work just days after Trig was born.

Sarah and love of country:
Husband belonged for years to an Alaska secessionist organization, and she's addressed their conventions in glowing, supportive, admiring terms.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 9, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Im a 100% Den - a proud yellow Dog - and I have worked with the natl media and worked on dozens of political campaigns including 4 Presidential campaigns and Sarah Palin is absolutely right with every charge she has made against the natl media. Every word she has said on these issues and the idea that the press itself will tell the truth about its bad behavior is ludicrous. Just like with Gore - who they destroyed - even when it was shown that every charge they made about him in 2000 was false - they still refuse to acknowledge their bad behavior and how it ELECTED GW Bush. I mean just look at the title of this piece and how he quotes some whacko from Daily Kos.

And the netroot left who attack Palin - they just proved that my Party has the same number of rabid - small hearted haters as the GOP ever did, we just didnt know until the Net came about.

And the press has been sooooooeasy on C Kennedy. I used to work for Uncle Ted, the media bends over and dreams of Camelot about those 2 - always has...

Posted by: holdencaulfield | January 9, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

mavisdarling, loved your limericks (3:38 PM)! Maybe there's a spot for you writing limericks for "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me."

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 9, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

mystic maggie, you are SO mistaken about Sarah. You say "All Sarah can offer is decency, humanity, love of family and country - how paltry next to big money."

You are SO off-base. Sarah is a liar, a cheat, a bigot, a rotten mother, a hypocrite and a FOOL. You have fallen for a sham, honey. The Sarah you think you know is a piece of fiction.

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 9, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Yup, real Americans love Palin, all right.

Real DUMB Americans, that is. And those are the ONLY ones who love her... people even dumber that Sarah herself!

Smart Republicans everywhere voted for Obama.

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 9, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

surfinator:

your argument seems to be people who dislike Palin do so because of her pro-life position.

Why do I dislike her then? I also believe that abortion should be illegal except for rare exceptions.

If there is one thing we've learned over the last administration it is that having a president who "jumps through that door" when it appears to be open rather than sitting and thinking hard and deep is not a recipe for success. Someone who is willing to make huge decisions "without blinking" (especially someone who thinks this is a good quality) is not the sort of person we need in positions of power.

Posted by: jcm521 | January 9, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is a lady? When did that happen? Before or after her famous screaming,ashtray throwing days in the White House? Or was it after she tried to steal White House furniture to furnish her own house? Or maybe it was when she grabbed her daughter for a photo op every time she and Bill were getting bad press. As for Caroline, I don't know if she's a lady, but I do know the roots of her wealth - bootlegging. So, if some libs and dems think Sarah is lower than trailer trash, what does that make Caroline? Lessons in manners can be bought, along with fancy clothes and, sadly, political influence. All Sarah can offer is decency, humanity, love of family and country - how paltry next to big money.

Posted by: mysticmaggie | January 9, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Palin should be on the DNC payroll.

How many times do I have to sign in to post a comment? Why does it ask me to sign in when I am already signed in? This is not worth my time.

Posted by: warfire911 | January 9, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Palin, as long as you are in the News you are marketable. Maybe you will be treated like a lady when you start acting like one. Caroline and Hillary are Ladies. Palin has taken the Tonya Harding approach to life by somehow expecting first rate respect with second rate behavior. Palin was a last ditch effort by McCain to energize his sinking campaign against the brilliant Obama campaign. The Palin pick got the attention it did based on who she turned out to be. The Talk Show entertainment market will have a place for her if her family doesn't get any more drug busts.

Posted by: dmscontractor | January 9, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Crazy. Not like a fox.

Posted by: sarahabc | January 9, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I BELIEVE WE CULD ALL SEE THE NEGATIVE BIAS Katie Couric SHOWED TOWARDS PALIN, SHE EVEN INTERRUPTED PRAISE OF HER BEING MADE BY FRED THOMSON. I THINK THE PROBLEM IS PALIN'S MIDDLE AMERICAN BACKGROUND THAT UPSETS HER [Katie Couric].

Posted by: BOBEZ | January 9, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

come on folks, let's get to the gristle that stick in the throats of the intellectual elite:

palin has values which she lives by - but, these are unacceptable to you because some professor(s) brain washed you when you were young and impressionable - and as bereft of a depth of independent intelligence as you still manifest in your party line diatribes and whining. the biggest piece of gristle is that she doesn't subscribe to eugenics, and has a revulsion at killing babies, including her own for any reason. by sticking to her guns on this, she is calling all the "pro-choice" convenience killers to task. since neither margaret sanger nor margaret mead would approve, the party-liners have to question her intelligence. ditto for the fact that she has religious beliefs - an automatic disqualifier for those who genuflect before the icon of science in the church of charles darwin.

Posted by: surfinator | January 9, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Palin sure looks like she got extra injections of Botox and collagen before this video shoot, as though she were embalmed... yes, and so lifelike. For an illuminating exercise, watch the video without the sound, in order to focus on her flirtatious over-the-hill beauty-queen ways. Once her looks go, there won't be anything left, except a passel of little b@st@rds clinging on her someday-swollen ankles and calling her Grandma.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 9, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Marcus would be shouting if Kennedy had been chosen as Obama's VP? Then where was Marcus when Obama, who had NO experience compared to Palin's, ran and was elected President? Where was Marcus when Obama chose good old lying Joe, who Sarah cleaned the floor with during their debate, as his VP?

Sarah and her family were treated vilely by the news, the comics and the Democrats and yet, unlike a certain lady named Clinton, she never made herself out to be a victim. She isn't making herself into a victim now; she's just telling the truth, but Marcus probably doesn't recognize the truth.

Posted by: mysticmaggie | January 9, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

PUH-LEEZ! Stop writing about this idiot!!!
If the media would just ignore her and refuse to answer her phone calls, even with right wing interest at present, she would GO AWAY. They have bigger fish to fry and Mrs. Palin has over-thought her marketability. Let's put her in the old box with Super Mario - fun while it lasted, but better stuff came along to talk about. Good Riddance!

Posted by: debbiebakersharpton | January 9, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Palin is correct.

Posted by: newagent99 | January 9, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

How can you not love a right-wing politician who elicits defenses that claim that contributing to McCain is proof of one's liberal politics?

This racist, demogogic, Bible-thumping idiot lost the Republicans a presidential race; probably was instrumental Ted Stevens' loss; and now she's back. What's not to like?

Posted by: dane1 | January 9, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

In four years, we'll be sick of the vapid, self-loving messiah. And we'll be ready for a moosekiller.

Posted by: zjr78xva | January 9, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Does this lady, who would be best suited to be a lenscrafter model, somehow think that others care to hear her position of the day on everything??? Somebody needs to tap her on the shoulder & let the Wacko from Wasilia know that she long ago used up her "15 minutes" of fame. She, not McCain, LOST the election. She is under investigation for state and federal crimes, including the spiteful and clearly unlawful firing of her brother in law. Groomed from a meth family, raising out of control, wacky named children. Clearly an egomaniac. Palin, tend to your family- they need you. The lower 48 certainly does not.

Posted by: rsampson02 | January 9, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin thinks that staying loyal to the "base" will ensure her nomination in "three years time," she is falling into the same trap that John McCain did---and she is guaranteeing that Barack Obama will probably not be a one-term president.

Posted by: gonneyeats | January 9, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Real Americans love Gov. Palin.

And the more the sick immoral elites attack, the more we love her.

Posted by: zjr78xva | January 9, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

...let's be honest, the Obama campaign essentially ignored Palin and didn't outwardly say anything negative about her and I think it is safe to assume that's how she will be treated in the future...

Posted by: gq_online | January 9, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

"And yet, despite that quite legitimate criticism, we continue to believe that there is a certain level of strategy and savvy in Palin's ongoing jihad against the media, the left and the affluent."

Unfortunately for her this is a no-win strategy anymore, as this last election has proven without a shadow of a doubt.

As for savvy, that's the last word I would use to describe Palin's approach. It's "the same old tune" and in fact she sees no need to update or transform it.

She's a creature of the past, not the future, and if republicans want to cling to her, and if she wants to cling to them, as some great hope for the future, they're all delusional because America has passed on to a new era right under their noses.

Palin's not savvy, but the voice of the American people is, much more so. We've all learned a lot in the last eight years.

Posted by: old_hippie | January 9, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Re: king_of_zouk

I don't understand the number of people who have engaged with this person.

He is obviously - at best - a troll. More likely, he is just a human being for which anyone decent, even modestly so, or of even just of normal character or intelligence, ought to feel grateful he or she is not forced to live next door to or never need invite into the house.

Posted by: Seneca32 | January 9, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Come on chelsea16 - You know what I'm talking about. You've never been to a game and heard someone say or seen a banned that says "kill the tigers!". I'll throw that one in there since opponent was too vague. That was my mascot. But you can put in yours if you like. Lions, Bears, Trojans, whatever. Still doesn't change the fact that NOBODY said it at the rally.

Posted by: saywhatsnew | January 9, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

You teach your children to say "Kill the opponent!" at football games???

Yikes! It's worse than I thought!

Posted by: chelsea16 | January 9, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk,

Man, you are one pathetic human being. After reading this comments section I actually have sympathy for you. I will pray for you in church, ok?

Posted by: McSameChalin | January 9, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

More Lies: Palin never said anything to those shouting "kill him" at her rally. That makes her horrible and a biggoted hate monger.

Fact: No one ever shouted "Kill Him". The secret service fully investigated this and never heard it. That was more injected smear from the left wing propoganda machine. Even if they did, isn't that an exercise of Free Speech, regardless of how hateful it sounds? What if they meant "kill him in the election", just like we teach our children to say at football games..."Kill the opponent!"

Posted by: saywhatsnew | January 9, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

How funny the WAPO strikes again, and some creative yellow journalism on the part of Crissy too. It’s the all new copy and paste yellow journalism. I bet if Colonel Slader had his way he'd take a flame-thrower to this rat ship of a rag you call a newspaper. Circulation down again? Better drag Sarah out and club her on the head a few more times . . . that’ll fix it. Take note these yellow journalists didn't print anything positive from the youtube site. Chris Sleaza, you can put away the brasso now, Obama’s knobber ain’t gonna get any shinier ya freaking cumm sponge. I thought maybe you guys would have had enough of the carpet burns on your knees over the last two years, but I guess not.

Posted by: gettyleigh | January 9, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

She isn't crazy or crazy as a fox, she is just a whiney spoiled brat who believes she should have everything that she wants.

She is an anti-intellectual, ultra-conservative who sees the world through 1950s rose-colored glasses and has no idea of how to do anything. And please don't tell me that being an alderman and a mayor of a small town gave her experience. If you live in a teeny town, in the middle of nowhere, you don't have that much to do.

Tell me, as the price of gas has fallen what her popularity will be once Alaskans stop receiving their checks from the petroleum companies? Will she still be popular?

I guess to some die-hard Republicans, anyone on the ticket is worth voting for but, at this juncture of our nation's history, we need intelligent people to run our government. Sadly, Gov. Palin would have been just another George W. Bush. And we already know how that is ending.

Posted by: missgrundy | January 9, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Even Will Rodgers would have enjoyed Tina Fey's take on Palin.

CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric won my respect for asking the questions that the voters wanted to know about whether it was the issues or what she read.

Latest update on Carline Kennedy and the Senate.

Rasmussen Reports poll - Do 2010 Matchups of Kennedy-King in N.Y.

Kennedy 51% vs King 33%

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?docID=news-000003005320

Whats amazing about this poll is that Kennedy isn't campaigning in the traditional sense with her own quick response team to answer the criticism and attacks of Peter King or Sarah Palin. None of the candidates are allowed to campaign in this one. No special treatment for Caroline Kennedy from the press thats for sure. Yet a friend of her was quoted as saying that Caroline Kennedy was "unfazed and going forward"

Now Sarah Palin is making the news again. It sounds like she is going to run in 2012. Her conservative supports think they will win.

Posted by: YeilRaven | January 9, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh boo hoo. Annie Oakley was the nightly darling of RNC Fox News and Rush Limberger.

It still didn't help.

Posted by: coloradodog | January 9, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse


Zouk the troll is back. These posts are the same BS this troll spouted every few minutes on the WaPo boards prior to the elections. Apparently has some new troll company...they are likely GOP operatives, paid by the posting, the more nonsensical the post, the higher the pay rate. Its their unemployment plan.

Posted by: pixiedust1 | January 9, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin was a middle class working mother that made her way to the Governor of a State by shear common sense. Not some over-hyped Harvard degree. Is that the measure with which our leaders must fit? That they went to an Ivy league school? I think her rise is the very essence of the American dream. Work hard and achieve a lot. So what if she won a beauty pagent for a scholarship that would help pay for college? Does that make her stupid? I like that better than some rich legacy kid getting into Yale or an affirmative action placement. For anyone to tell a child that if he/she doesn't attend Harvard they can NEVER be president is pretty discouraging. I would think our country would allow ANYONE from ANY background if they were a good leader. Didn't Bill Clinton even say Obama was qualified because "he's over 35 and a US citizen"? Is there a double standard here? Somehow Palin isn't qualified by this criteria?

Posted by: saywhatsnew | January 9, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

You gripe about the clothing that was purchased FOR HER as being too much. She didn't buy that stuff personally. The RNP did it for her because she was thrown into the spotlight very quickly. She used about 1/10th of it and donated the rest to charity. You don't hear about that in the news. Yet, you don't scoff at Obama's $600 million dollars he pumped into television ads, banners, billboards, and paying off volunteers to go door to door and get in people's faces. He got that money by hammering every hard working american to sacrifice everything they can. That was food for there kids. That was a phone bill. I find that more far more disgusting. That people would be so desparate for a Democrat that they give over the money they need for their own families.

Posted by: saywhatsnew | January 9, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Why do you hate this woman so much? Because she "CHOSE" not to abort a child? Isn't that the whole point? Choice. Because she proves you can be successful and raise a family. Women's Lib should be idolizing her. No one should have to choose between a child and living a life or having a career. Yet, here's someone who has proved it is possible to have both. Astounding!

Posted by: saywhatsnew | January 9, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Look at all the hatefilled comments about her. "Dumb", "stupid", "crazy", "unfit", "whiner".

You Obamanites repeat the lies that were fed to you only perpetuating the cycle. Same thing you did to Bush for the last 8 years. Call them an idiot over and over and people will believe it. Well what do you say when we tell you Bush had a higher GPA (at the same school at the same time no less) than your candidate in 2004? "Baulk! Bush is an iditot!" is how you reply. Is Palin answering "all of them" to the "what news do you read?" question really that stupid of an answer? Does anybody read just one paper with ALL OF THEM available on the internet? I certainly read ALL OF THEM. Does Joe Biden know any Supreme Court Cases? Doubt it.

I'm so sick of seeing some stupid bumper sticker saying "stop the hate" next to an "Obama 08". The only hate I see is for conservatives and especially Republicans. Guess what? Obama doesn't believe in gay marriage! Nor does Biden. Are they now hate mongers, because they agree with most conservatives on that subject? Or do they somehow get a pass?

Posted by: saywhatsnew | January 9, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Here's a Lie: Palin doesn't know Africa is not a country but a continent.

Fact: A blogger pretending to be a McCain campaign staffer with the sole intent of sabotaging the Republican campaign told news organizations who then repeated it. Palin never said this and clearly with her Honor Role grades would know Africa is a continent with many different countries. You people & the media took the bait and are still repeating it today as if it was fact.

Posted by: saywhatsnew | January 9, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

I will go with crazy like a lunatic moose killer.

Posted by: McSameChalin | January 9, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

How funny the WAPO strikes again, and some creative yellow journalism on the part of Crissy too. It’s the all new copy and paste yellow journalism. I bet if Colonel Slader had his way he'd take a flame-thrower to this rat ship of a rag you call a newspaper. Circulation down again? Better drag Sarah out and club her on the head a few more times . . . that’ll fix it. Take note these yellow journalists didn't print anything positive from the youtube site. Chris Sleaza, you can put away the brasso now, Obama’s knobber ain’t gonna get any shinier ya freaking cumm sponge. I thought maybe you guys would have had enough of the carpet burns on your knees over the last two years, but I guess not.

Posted by: gettyleigh | January 9, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

TRASH. Period.

Not necessarily "trailer trash" but just trash. Probably those people who live in manufactured homes are lots smarter than Palin.

She belongs in a class that's identified by greed, stupid ambition, disregard for family and values.

If the GOP continues to applaud...they deserve her brand of politics.

Posted by: suzeq | January 9, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

RABID FOX?

Posted by: JLF0425 | January 9, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

15 Minutes of Fame may be too much for Palin.
The glass slipper didn't fit, the $150,000 wardrobe is gone, the lights have dimmed, the crowds are gone. Palin is a Media Drama Diva has been, and was never taken serious for High Office by serious Voters. She feels sad for this, that, and the other thing. The cause of her feelings is her unmet needs not the behavior of the Media or Press.

Posted by: dmscontractor | January 9, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

jcm521
Okay zouk, I admit it.

You're going to win.


Ah, but jcm521, Obama won the election, and that's what counts. US Senate President Dick Cheney said so yesterday. And even Mitch McConnell eventually had to stand up during the ovation.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 9, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Okay zouk, I admit it.

You're going to win.

You've been on this board for the last 5 hours making posts.

I don't have that endurance, nor do I have the desire to trade posts with someone who rather than answering legitimate factual statements with similar legitimate factual statements instead accuses me of being a republican hater for disliking Palin and a socialist idiot for liking McCain.

I give up. By shear force of will you have convinced me that facts are irrelevant in the face of fervor and insults.

Posted by: jcm521 | January 9, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Crazy like a fox? NOT! Do you know what's worse than an idiot politician? An idiot politician that whines. Sarah Palin go AWAY!!!

Posted by: Willard11 | January 9, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

"Bear in mind that Alaska is a state with enough tax revenue from oil companies that it pays everyone living there over $1000. Why do we need to pay for their roads?"

If the left kept their noses in their own business and didn't keep trying to turn Alaska into their own private zoo, then I would agree with you 100% that you in the lower 48 shouldn't be paying for our roads. You have successfully killed ANWR as well as other oil exploration and you are attempting to shut down mining. We were given our resources so that YOU wouldn't have to support us but guess what? YOU are stopping us from developing those resources.

As for the government "giving" us $1000/yr? Our state constitution says THE PEOPLE OF ALASKA own the state's resources and the government doesn't 'give' us anything. Profits from the resources are invested in a Permanent Fund for future generations and the PFD is a share of those profits to each Alaskan.

You know about as much about Alaska statehood as you do about Sarah Palin.

Posted by: AkCoyote | January 9, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Just go away Honey. Come back for the next election and guarantee a Democratic win next time,....then go away again.
Keep an "eye out" for Russia while you're at it.

Posted by: realneil | January 9, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I keep forgetting you have assigned your own pea-brained self as judge jury and executionor. how were the thinking bloggers supposed to know?

According to actual facts you have now been disrobed and exposed as a fraud and a kook. I don't suppose anyone here is surprised.

Let me save you some time in your response. If anyone disagrees with you, they are simply wrong. I get it now, facts be damned, Media matters is your god.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Okay zouk:

You complain that "liberals" (by which I guess you include me, the McCain donating socialist) tell you you should give links, but we don't have to.

My link on whether or not Palin returned the money to Congress:
http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/whats_the_full_story_on_the_bridge.html
when she cancelled it she said "Despite the work of our congressional delegation, we are about $329 million short of full funding for the bridge project, and it's clear that Congress has little interest in spending any more money on a bridge between Ketchikan and Gravina Island." The money was then diverted to other infrastructue.

As to whether she actually received a travel per diem for living in her own home, I'll just point to your own posts defending the fact that it was legal. My concern is the ethics. If I had taken the same attitude of taking taxpayer money whenever it would have been legal, my life as a government employee would have been a lot more comfortable.

Posted by: jcm521 | January 9, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

More Lies, more spin from the moonbats:

While running for chief executive, Palin backed the bridge, although with little evident enthusiasm. “The money that’s been appropriated for the project,” she told Ketchikan voters in September 2006, “it should remain available for a link, an access process as we continue to evaluate the scope and just how best to just get this done.”

Palin could have fought for the bridge as governor, as did her spendthrift GOP predecessor, Frank Murkowski (whom she jettisoned in a primary). Murkowski recommended dedicating $195 million in the state budget for the bridge. Instead, Palin gave it $0.

“Palin’s budget doesn’t include money for mega projects that she supported as a candidate, such as the controversial Gravina Island bridge in Ketchikan,” Kyle Hopkins wrote in the December 16, 2006 Anchorage Daily News. “Palin said she will hash out where the bridge fits on the state’s list of priorities with the help of the Legislature and public. ‘We have a limited pot of money, of course, and we need to make wise, sensible choices,’ she said.”

In a February 2007 report on infrastructure priorities, Palin’s transition team opposed the Bridge, plus a road in Juneau. “Statewide, these two projects are seen as a severe drain on resources that would otherwise be assigned to heavily used commercial and passenger routes,” the study concluded.

Alaska’s Senate approved $1.6 billion in capital items on May 11, 2007. True to Palin’s wishes, the spending plan provided no money for the Bridge to Nowhere.

On September 21, 2007, Palin finally stated, “‘Ketchikan desires a better way to reach the airport, but the $398 million bridge is not the answer.”

Palin’s early, tepid support for the bridge, followed by her open hostility to it as governor did not please the state’s GOP political establishment.

“While Barack Obama attacks Sarah Palin, we still have not heard him disavow his 2005 vote in favor of the Bridge to Nowhere and admit his mistake,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “Sarah Palin deserves credit for recognizing how harmful and corrupt the pork process has become. Barack Obama has had three years to come to the same realization, and we’re still waiting. We call on Senator Obama to disavow his 2005 vote in favor of the Bridge to Nowhere.”

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

"Moonbat Liar exposed by facts

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 6:26 PM |"

Zouk you idiot, I said she was cleared by another group of republicans that basically were her employees which is what the Alaska personnel board is, so you just substantiated my claim.

She and you would make a nice couple, you're both idiots.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 9, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

In Palin's case, the state is also paying for at least some meals when she's staying in Wasilla. Like other state officials, she's entitled to $60 a day "per diem" for food and incidentals, such as tips, while traveling on state business. State rules say that if your job stations you in Juneau or Anchorage, but you live in another part of the state, you can still get the meal money when visiting your hometown, said Linda Perez, director of administrative services for the governor.

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/story/521329.html

I guess if you don't break the rules but create an opening to Lib sensibilites, it is a crime against humanity.

Or it could just be Libs gone wild again.


Lib Liar exposed - AGAIN

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

It is really time for Sarah Palin to shut up. I have listened to enough of her blabbering on the new "documentary." It is very obvious that she does not know what she is saying. It is laughable when she talks about the media using internet gossip to trash her when this is all she did when attacking Obama. I, for one, believe that the media were way too kind to her. Even now, she is getting much more press coverage than she deserves.

She is a pathetic, smiling airhead. Her type never learns. Please, take away her microphone. Do us all a favor. PLEASE!

At least she admits by her own words that she had a bad performance when being interviewed by Couric. However, it is also obvious that she has no clue that she even admitted it. She is pathetic.

Posted by: EarlC | January 9, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

zouk
they always fallback on:

1.that is not the topic of this blog

Oh, the humanity!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 9, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Palin Cleared of Ethics Charges
November 3rd, 2008
By JOE WINDISH, Technology Editor

Print
Amazing! Election eve vindication. NYTimes:
ANCHORAGE — A report released by a state board Monday found that Gov. Sarah Palin did not apply improper pressure to try to dismiss a state trooper who was her former brother-in-law and did not violate state ethics laws in the firing of her public safety commissioner.
The report by the Alaska Personnel Board contradicts the conclusions last month of a separate inquiry into the matter overseen by a bipartisan legislative panel. The inquiry found that Ms. Palin had breached a state ethics act by pressing to have the trooper, Mike Wooten, fired. The panel said, however, that the governor was within her rights to fire the public safety commissioner, Walt Monegan.
The personnel board’s report, based on an investigation led by an independent counsel, Timothy J. Petumenos, concluded that there was no evidence to prove Ms. Palin or any state employee had acted improperly in Mr. Monegan’s dismissal.
ADN:
The report, released at a Monday afternoon press conference at the Hotel Captain Cook, presents the findings and recommendations of Anchorage lawyer Timothy Petumenos, hired as independent counsel for the Personnel Board to examine several complaints against Palin.
Petumenos wrote the Legislature’s special counsel, former state prosecutor Steve Branchflower, used the wrong state law as the basis for his conclusions and also misconstrued the evidence.


http://themoderatevoice.com/24021/palin-cleared-of-ethics-charges/

Moonbat Liar exposed by facts

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I notice whenever moonbats get caught in facts they find unpleasant or in arguments that are doomed to lose, they always fallback on:

1.that is not the topic of this blog
or
2. you cite a link, I don't have to

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"I would bet you are as ignorant of that as you seem to be about just about everything in life.

I notice you are not bothered by Obamas problems in the least. how rightous of you moonbat.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 5:55 PM |"
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My, my, Zouk, how judgmental of you, did I hurt your precious feelings by saying something bad about your dream-lover Palin?

First of all, you don't know me, you make assumptions based upon my statements that have been substantiated, and BTW, this thread is about Palin crying about her own failures in the press, not about Obama's shortcomings.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 9, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

um king of zouk:

first you accuse me of just hating all republicans. Then when I point out I contributed to McCain's campaign you say that's proof that I'm an idiot socialist who just likes big government.

How about you actually address the points I actually originally raised rather than just attacking and insulting? If Palin didn't effectively lie by claiming she said "thanks, but no thanks" to the bridge to nowhere, you should be able to provide actual evidence that she returned the money. If Palin didn't get paid a travel per diem to live in her own house, then you should be able to provide actual evidence of that (simply saying it was legal isn't enough).

If all you can do is grasp at vague straws in order to insult me, then I guess that tells us all we need to know about you.

Posted by: jcm521 | January 9, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I thought Sarah was a much better VP candidate than most people gave her credit for being. She was the true change candidate of any of them on the ballot. I hope she is part of our national discussion for the next 30 years or so.

It is a mistake to believe that democrats won in 2008 because of ideology or the media. A better case can be made that they won because they had more money and the country was having hard times.

You donkeys had better hope you can turn things around. We are not taking public financing again and we are coming for you.

Posted by: XLiberalJack | January 9, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Crazy like a pit bull in lipstick?

Posted by: argo | January 9, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

she was later cleared of all charges

>>>>>>>>>>>>>

So the Lib translation is that if a Repub is guilty the verdict is correct, otherwise something is amiss.

and all Dems are victims. someone ought to write a book.

you have very clearly demonstrated that your level of truthiness is in line with the typical Leninistic levels of propoganda. your intellect is most certainly in the sub zero, alaska deep winter zone.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

ninjagin | January 9, 2009 6:04 PM You are obviously one of the faithful. You say you are a liberal Democrat? Then this: "Let's face it, she's a breath of fresh air for conservatives. They need it. It helps reaffirm their victimhood and cement their bonds against the ravages of the non-white corrupt faithless gay hollywood intellectual media-coddled left-wing elites. Suddenly, the left is really frightening again. It feels pretty good."
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IF THIS IS NOT ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE PARTY OF HATE I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS. PLEASE TAKE YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR A*S!!!!!

Posted by: truthseeker13 | January 9, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I donated to McCain's campaign in the early stages (prior to Palin).

Posted by: jcm521


so you admit you are an idiot then. and really deep down like big government and socialism.

I already knew.

My main point of contention with all this fuss is that no one out there really has any idea about Sarah Palin, the image has been so manipulated by both sides, the actual truth of the matter is lost. and the extreme vitriol is an example of Lib activism and gutter politics.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"you are clueless and a liar. she was cleared of all charges, something I am sure you never saw over at huff or Kos. and as far as per diem policies in AK, I would bet you are as ignorant of that as you seem to be about just about everything in life.

I notice you are not bothered by Obamas problems in the least. how rightous of you moonbat.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 5:55 PM |"
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King_of_Zouk you show your rampant stupidity again and again. The fact is she WAS found guilty of ethics charges by a panel of 10 republicans and 4 democrats, she was later cleared of all charges by a different panel of republicans who were in short..her employees.

And no, I am not ignorant about Alaska's per diem policies, they allow one to collect per diem if made to travel from home to work, my point is it is still a fleecing of the taxpayer not to mention flying her kids around to events they weren't even invited to so they could watch their (doofus) dad race his snow-mobile and then charging the tax payers for it.

Take a hike you ignorant slob.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 9, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Is there a full moon tonight? the moonbats seem to be out of their cave.

Sigh, there is no amount of reason, rationality, intelligence, argument or persuasion (Repub endowments) that will knock them off their course of intolerance, hate, envy, spite, and bitterness (Lib frailties).

don't beleive me - Observe.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The current state of the Republican party is basically older, white, mostly southerners with bankrupt ideas on how to move the country forward. Their mantra is no socialism, no taxes, no regulation - PATHETIC MORONS!!!!
Palin in 2012 will select Joe the Plumber for her VP and we will have a trully wonderful freak show to parody on SNL. I can't wait for the show to begin!

Posted by: truthseeker13 | January 9, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

King of Zouk:

You said (to me) "she is a Republican. that is everything a loon like you needs to know. now go ahead and build up your false claims to impress your zany friends."

For the record, I donated to McCain's campaign in the early stages (prior to Palin).


Posted by: jcm521 | January 9, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I have posted here before that I find the Gov. to be a very compelling figure for republicans. As a liberal democrat, there's much about her stands on the issues that I don't agree with, and I would not vote for her on any ticket. She's a fellow NRA member, so we at least have that in common.

That said, if you look at her ability to connect with "average Joes", she's a hands-down winner. She's really got a great story, and whatever people say to minimize her accomplishments in Alaska, the people there really like her. Alaskans don't really want their politicians to be like those in the lower 48.

Conservatives in general like her family-focus and her strong christian faith and values. All of those things make her a very potent player, and very easy to underestimate. What gets lost upon people that don't like her (and let's face it, a lot of them are on the same side of the aisle as me) is that her apparent folksy charm and incuriosity is tremendously appealing to people who distrust government and distrust people who portray themselves as knowing what's best for everyone -- of any political stripe.

It's not just that she's a foil against left-wing or right-wing government elites -- she's against all elites... that's very Alaskan.

Let's face it, she's a breath of fresh air for conservatives. They need it. It helps reaffirm their victimhood and cement their bonds against the ravages of the non-white corrupt faithless gay hollywood intellectual media-coddled left-wing elites. Suddenly, the left is really frightening again. It feels pretty good.

Posted by: ninjagin | January 9, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

everything I need to know about her

Posted by: jcm521


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

she is a Republican. that is everything a loon like you needs to know. now go ahead and build up your false claims to impress your zany friends.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

she left Wasilla with 20+ million dollar debt all of her own making


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

funny, considering the messiah spent that on greek columns, not permanant infrastructure.

he raised the money by disabling the address checker on his credit card checker - aka - foreign contributions - probably Hamas who is about to get the benefit of our surrender in exchange.

with the spending you Libs are proposing, you should really keep your trap shut about fiscal responsibility. Imagine doubling or tripling the already bloated Bush deficit.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

AK Coyote: you said
"First and foremost, Sarah is honest and doesn't say something just because that's what the audience wants to hear. She's a fiscal conservative. She runs her own household budget and treats the people's $$ the same way."

Her very first speech after McCain picked her included a very dishonest quote that was exactly what the audience wanted to hear. "I told Congress thanks, but no thanks to that bridge to nowhere". The truth is what she actually did was realize that Congress isn't going to give enough money to build the bridge, so she took all of the money they gave for the bridge up til then and used it on roads elsewhere. If she had really said "thanks, but no thanks" then she would have sent that money back. Bear in mind that Alaska is a state with enough tax revenue from oil companies that it pays everyone living there over $1000. Why do we need to pay for their roads?

As for treating the people's money carefully: I'm going to have to call bull... on that. When I was a government employee I regularly turned in travel receipts that were for less than the per diem I was entitled to. I even spent money on things I wouldn't get reimbursed for in order to save more money that I would have gotten reimbursed. I've turned down literally over $10K in taxpayer money that I was legally entitled to receive. So when Palin gets paid a travel per diem to live in her own house, it tells me everything I need to know about her integrity.

Posted by: jcm521 | January 9, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

She was found guilty on ethics charges by a group of 10 republicans and four democrats, she fleeced the tax payer for per diem while working from home.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

you are clueless and a liar. she was cleared of all charges, something I am sure you never saw over at huff or Kos. and as far as per diem policies in AK, I would bet you are as ignorant of that as you seem to be about just about everything in life.

I notice you are not bothered by Obamas problems in the least. how rightous of you moonbat.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Please get your facts straight before making unsubstantiated accusations.

Posted by: AkCoyote


>>>>>>>>>>>

you have just asked the entire Lib party to commit suicide. there is always hope, hope hope, for change change change. but I think the change headed our way is in the form of high taxes, big spending, moribund economy, weak foreign policy, danger at home, feckless leadership, massive corruption and immoral views. you know, classical liberalism. CARTER 2.0

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

"Excuse me but I'll match my IQ against yours any day."
Akcoyote
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Well, obviously you are as enlightened as she, let's examine your claims about her:
"First and foremost, Sarah is honest and doesn't say something just because that's what the audience wants to hear."
Palin told lie after lie on the campaign trail, she said every nasty thing that the McCain campaign put in front of her. She was found guilty on ethics charges by a group of 10 republicans and four democrats, she fleeced the tax payer for per diem while working from home.

"She's a fiscal conservative."
Yeah? she left Wasilla with 20+ million dollar debt all of her own making IN AN OIL RICH STATE

"She's for responsible development of our state's resources as that is what we were guaranteed at statehood as a means of supporting ourselves."
Like drilling in ANWAR?

"you can't help coming away seeing her as anything but just another politician."
I agree

"She's kind, articulate and her presence commands respect."
She actually was quite nasty on the campaign trail and certainly was not articulate in her interviews.

But, I guess one sees what they want to see in a person.


Posted by: JRM2 | January 9, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Where did the MSM get even close to covering her connections to the AIP or her witch doctor Murtha!? Palin is a vicious, relentless, egotistical, ambitious, incompetent, ruthless politician who happily called Obama a "terrorist" in the guise of campaigning, was guilty of the most egregious name calling and spewing of vicious lies and she complains!?! She put her family up as a prop! Given that she had a pregnant teenager, she got away exactly because she was white trash, the MSM would have done a hack job if hypothetically Obama's daughter were in the same situation.Go away Palin! Enough!

Posted by: pixiedust1 | January 9, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

IT'S ASHAME HOW VENOMOUS PEOPLE ARE RESPONDING TO THIS BLOG WHEN BEING NEGATIVE ABOUT SARAH PALIN. I'M SURE IT'S OBVIOUS TO THE INQUIZATIVE WHOM THE LIBERALS ARE IF THEY'RE READING THESE COMMENTS. THE SAD THING IS EVEN IF YOU DON'T LIKE HER POLITICS WHY DO YOU HAVE TO TAKE A BLIND EYE TO THE FACT THAT YOUR COMMENTS ARE PLAYING RIGHT GOVERNOR PALIN'S POINT. ALSO THE LIBERAL MEDIA LOVES YOUR RESPONSES TO THESE LEFT-LEANING BLOGS. THEY CONTINUOUSLY REPORT YOUR GENERAL ATTITUDES IN THE MAIN-STREAM LIKE IT IS A MATTER OF HARD FACT WITHOUT GIVING EQUAL ATTENTION OR RESPECT TO THE OTHER 49% THAT FEEL THE OTHER WAY. WHAT EVER HAPPENED IN THIS COUNTRY TO RESPECTING SOMEBODY ELSES OPINION EVEN IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH IT? BY THE WAY IF YOUR ALL KEEPING TRAK,NO PUN INTENDED, OF THE POSITIVE AND NEGETIVE COMMENTS THAT THE WASHINGTON POST IS POSTING FOR RESPONSES TO THIS BLOG.......... IT WOULD BE: 12 POSITIVE FOR PALIN, 2 IN THE MIDDLE, 63 NEGATIVE WITH MOST SLAMMING GOVERNOR PALIN IN A VICIOUS UNFORGIVING WAY. FUNNY, THE POST SAYS IT WON'T TOLERATE ANY VICIOUS ATTACKS IN THE COMMENT GUIDELINES. I GUESS THEY MEANT IF YOU ATTACK THEIR BUDDY. 63 TO 12 IS A LITTLE BIASED IF YOU ASK ME. THE POST ACTS LIKE THEY DON'T KNOW THAT OR YOUR HALLUCINATING OR SOMETHING. I GOT NEWS FOR YA'S. THEY KNOW IT AND LOVE IT BECAUSE IT GET'S ATTENTION DRAWN TO THEIR LOP-SIDEDNESS ON THE FOX NEWS AND THE FACTOR. IT'S AN OBAMINATION. PUN INTENDED. LIBERALS SAY WE HAVE TO FEAR GLOBAL WARMING THE MOST. I'M PERSONALLY FRIGHTENED OF THE FLOODS THAT WILL SWALLOW UP AMERICA WHEN THE KOOL-AID OVERFLOWS.

Posted by: rgriffithproheritage | January 9, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"Hmmm. I'm gonna have to go with 'Crazy' for $500, Alex..."

Posted by: fbutler1 | January 9, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

The bitterness and banality so far is amazing.

She makes sense. IMHO she comes from a place of "self reference" meaning that her power doesn't come from her position/title but from within thus she may be weak in most forums but could likely hold her own (the alternative being "object reference" where the power comes from outside oneself). Thus her articulations are not structured in terms that most readers and ideologues are familiar. These folks are power and control oriented and define themselves in object reference...thus project the muddled messages from their politicians and their tangled understanding onto Sarah as crazy when the craziness is their own. Their understanding is systemically so crazy that they have put this county in a ditch. The facts speak for themselves. Look around. We are in a ditch. The Wall Street elite and the politicians slowly but surely over decades have set up a "cozy culture" (I picked that term up from an NPR interview from the SEC about its relationship with Madoff ...which means criminal in my view...Chris Cox are you reading this?) that has stolen, ripped off, broken the back of the good citizens. Crazy...Sarah is not crazy ... she is a regular honest human being (sure she made some gaffes, but give her a break...she did step up and answer the call...even though I did not think she was ready to be VP) that is not trying to rip off America. I look at the "qualified" triumvirate of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and assess Mission Accomplished as Crazy.

Self-Reference is a thread of Obama's character that will serve this country well but unfortunately will also scare the power brokers.

We need independent strong thinkers and leaders!

Posted by: NewportBeach97 | January 9, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

How Obama Got Elected (dot com)? Ooh, that's like shootin' fish in a barrel (wink)

The prospect of someone this witless and ideological getting within a heart-beat of becoming leader of the world's most powerful nation (especially with an elderly cancer-survivor her only obstacle) was absolutely terrifying.

Ya know, no one forced Palin to do those Gibson and Couric interviews, or to appear on SNL. Oh, also don't forget too all those costly clothes she thought she could keep, or that fake Sarkozy phone call she took where made a fool of herself.

She inflicted all those wounds upon herself, and now blames others. If you doubt this, just imagine how you would have felt if the Democrats had nominated Rod Blagojevich for VP, and then you have a good notion of dreadful many Americans found Palin's candidacy.

Maverick!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 9, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

She left Wasilla with a 20+ million dollar debt, she was found guilty on ethics charges and she fleeced the taxpayer with her little per diem trick.

Is that common sense Governing to you?, is that what a reformer does?

I live in Wasilla and during this time we were the fastest growing area in the state. An NO, she wasn't FOUND GUILTY of ANYTHING. She was never charged with anything or convicted of anything. And the Per Diem? Juneau is off the road system and ALL representatives get the Per Diem and the way our rules are written she too was entitled to it. No one has ever claimed that what she did was illegal.

Please get your facts straight before making unsubstantiated accusations.

Posted by: AkCoyote | January 9, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is simply a person of limited capacity, vision, and intelligence, catapulted into national prominence by circumstance.

She does, however, possess determination, unbridled ego-centrism, and a certain street cunning.

She will never, thankfully, be anything but a bit player.

Were she ever to be elected president of the United States, it would signal quite clearly the beginning of the end - which end would be warranted.

Posted by: Seneca32 | January 9, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

the simple facts are that we as voters know very little about Palin or Obama. the difference is that it is assumed that anything you don't know about Palin is bad, while you can assume that Obama is naturally good. He spent his time hiding from facts, interviews, questions and policies. she embraced the discovery and dove in immediately. she had a record of reform, which the media ignored, he had no record of any accomplishment, which the media ignored. all her minor peccadillios were trumpeted, while his were quashed. the biased media immediately produced lies about her and sold them as news. they never investigated one aspect of Obamas difficulties and now we are in the dark about him completely, assuming he knows himself.
And you ask what bias?

the conclusion is that she was more qualified than he was, but we never found that out, the MSM cheerleaders were busy hiding the facts.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

The bitterness and banality so far is amazing.

She makes sense. IMHO she comes from a place of "self reference" meaning that her power doesn't come from her position/title but from within thus she may be weak in most forums but could likely hold her own (the alternative being "object reference" where the power comes from outside oneself). Thus her articulations are not structured in terms that most readers and ideologues are familiar. These folks are power and control oriented and define themselves in object reference...thus project the muddled messages from their politicians and their tangled understanding onto Sarah as crazy when the craziness is their own. Their understanding is systemically so crazy that they have put this county in a ditch. The facts speak for themselves. Look around. We are in a ditch. The Wall Street elite and the politicians slowly but surely over decades have set up a "cozy culture" (I picked that term up from an NPR interview from the SEC about its relationship with Madoff ...which means criminal in my view...Chris Cox are you reading this?) that has stolen, ripped off, broken the back of the good citizens. Crazy...Sarah is not crazy ... she is a regular honest human being (sure she made some gaffes, but give her a break...she did step up and answer the call...even though I did not think she was ready to be VP) that is not trying to rip off America. I look at the "qualified" triumvirate of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and assess Mission Accomplished as Crazy.

Self-Reference is a thread of Obama's character that will serve this country well but unfortunately will also scare the power brokers.

We need independent strong thinkers and leaders!

Posted by: NewportBeach97 | January 9, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

"It would make a maggot gag but tell me, what is it about her that you like so much?, what has she offered beyond feeding your inner hatred and ignorance?"

Excuse me but I'll match my IQ against yours any day.

First and foremost, Sarah is honest and doesn't say something just because that's what the audience wants to hear. She's a fiscal conservative. She runs her own household budget and treats the people's $$ the same way. She governs by what is right and best for the people of Alaska. She's for responsible development of our state's resources as that is what we were guaranteed at statehood as a means of supporting ourselves. I've met Sarah a couple of times and you can't help coming away seeing her as anything but just another politician. She's kind, articulate and her presence commands respect.

As I will keep saying, underestimate her at your own peril.

Posted by: AkCoyote | January 9, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"You don't have to be a Harvard economist to know that it's wrong to live in eternal debt."
Akcoyote
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She left Wasilla with a 20+ million dollar debt, she was found guilty on ethics charges and she fleeced the taxpayer with her little per diem trick.

Is that common sense Governing to you?, is that what a reformer does?

She was good at whipping up a hate-crowd though, probably because of her beauty-queen broadcast journalism training.

Oh, she also PROVED herself to be an ignoramus on national television, she couldn't even BS her way through an interview.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 9, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

you Libs are so intellectual in your miasmic carping. no wonder you elected someone with no track record on anything.

Imagine that the new President of the US is to take office next week and no one has any idea what he will do. Astounding.

I don't even think he knows.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

"Explain to me why you would want someone who has shown a limited level of intellectual curiousity, a small world view of American interaction in world affairs, and little knowledge of any particular aspect of NATIONAL governance as your President?"

There is something that the left just doesn't care to understand. There is a lot more to the US than just the left and right coasts. You see conservative values as old fashioned, hickish, out dated and just plain stupid. You also see yourselves as intellectually superior and "progressive" in the ways of the world.

Sarah Palin has lived in Alaska all her life and she DOESN'T have the same world view as you. She governs by common sense. You don't have to be a Harvard economist to know that it's wrong to live in eternal debt. That's the kind of sense she has that is lacking in DC.

Trust me about one thing. The next time someone tries to bushwhack her (and there WILL be a next time) she'll be ready for them. I really truly hope that you keep underestimating her. A lot of people up here have and they've all paid the price for it.

Posted by: AkCoyote | January 9, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"I hope just the thought of that makes you GAG:)

Looking forward to 2012!!

Posted by: AkCoyote | January 9, 2009 4:37 PM "
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It would make a maggot gag but tell me, what is it about her that you like so much?, what has she offered beyond feeding your inner hatred and ignorance?

I judged her by her own performances. And if she doesn't want her kids to be mentioned than she should stop exploiting them for her political good.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 9, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

crazy like a hockey mom, joe six pack maverick...Someone shut her up already.

Posted by: hellnoGOP | January 9, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

There was bias against Palin, in my view: it was that somebody from a small town or even from Alaska couldn't be a good candidate. The press got all ga ga over this aspect. But I think that she was a really bad candidate, articulate when expressing snide remarks, perhaps those written for her, but not articulate when asked simple questions that any of us could answer. She couldn't even answer them in this interview. I saw the clip on TV.

You can't have it both ways: Drag your family into the lime light and then express dismay when light shines in their eyes.

Everything she seems to be complaining about is something she took part in willingly, but now takes no responsibility for. Can you imagine someone like that negotiating a treaty. Yikes.

Posted by: LoieJ | January 9, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

What Chris seems to overlook (is there anybody upstairs in the attic?) due, perhaps to his 2008 swoon over the GOP, is that the more the GOP themselves swoon over Palin, the more they are destined to permanent minority status.

Fine, if the GOP wants to throw elections to the Dems on a regular basis, make her your posterchild. Otherwise, find SOMEONE who is more palatable to the electorate.

Does that really take brains to figure out?

Posted by: ethanquern | January 9, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

She is and idiot,
She called Afghanistan our neighbor!
She claims she is middle class?
Shes the friggin Govenor, how is that middle class?
That my friends is out of touch.
And 2 all of you republicans who keep defending her............
This 2 you is a football game unfortunately.... And youre just upset your team lost.
You should be concerned with the country not which team won.
we would all be better off if you guys just stick to your Nascar, skoal and squirrel hunting and leave the thinking to the people who finished 3rd grade!

Posted by: jlancaster1 | January 9, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is whiner and is unfit for public office.
She is White Trash like no other a with no equal. The more she talks the stupider she looks. She has diarhea of the mouth. The bull crap
just flows and flows and flows. "

And you lefties talk about CONSERVATIVE HATE SPEECH???? Absolutely unbelievable.

Posted by: AkCoyote | January 9, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Crazy.

Posted by: rchadha5 | January 9, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately (or unfortunately) there is no drug test or I.Q. test for public servants (or morality test) -- I think it was obvious that Palin didn't have a clue about things that many of us talk about on a daily basis (and we are not rocket surgeons, just readers).

She, by far, isn't the dumbest or least informed - but this woman can really screw up with a greater zeal than many others.

Posted by: newbeeboy | January 9, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

FORMER Governor and FAILED VP Candidate Sarah Palin will in a few years ADMIT her immaturity for prime time and how SHADOW Republicans prematurely "PIMPED" her. The BOOK should be a BEST-SELLER.

Posted by: America1st1 | January 9, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I am pretty confident that Obamba will use the Roosevelt model - 9 years of depression, followed by four years of devastating world war, locking up US citizens and nuking our enemies. and don't forget falling for the surprise attack. along the way trying to take over the Supreme court and starting up all sorts of huge, expensive make work big government programs and creating huge expansionist government entitlements that are still sucking us under today. If the economy dares show any sign of life, kill it immediately with tax hikes.

Yep, that's a true Lib for ya.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase ex-President Michael Douglas:
"These are serious times and we need serious
people. Sarah Palin, your fifteen minutes are up."

Posted by: mkennedy1 | January 9, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin doesn't have snowball's chance in He11 of becoming President and whoever thinks she does is every bit as delusional as Sarah herself.

For you see... any real, actual PRESIDENTIAL candidate must be able to go on programs like Meet the Press and hold her own, and Sarah is not capable of doing that. She is not capable of uttering a complete, coherent sentence on her own. She must CATER to the mainstream media if she wants to "go presidential", not INSULT the MSM.

Her own party will eat her alive, mark my words. She's an IDIOT!

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 9, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Coyote,

Explain to me why you would want someone who has shown a limited level of intellectual curiousity, a small world view of American interaction in world affairs, and little knowledge of any particular aspect of NATIONAL governance as your President?

You guys would elect any idiot as long as they give you the socially rightous, America The Beautiful, nothing's wrong here rhetoric.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | January 9, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

AkCoyote writes
"And THAT'S why she could well become our first female US president... Looking forward to 2012!!"

The enthusiasm of your post is laudable, but you overlook a couple pesky facts. First & foremost, if Obama screws up his first term badly enough to be vulnerable in 2012, no way will the voters go for another young, lightly experienced candidate. They will go for an experienced Washington hand, not a governor with zero foreign policy experience and the ability to balance the budget by raising oil taxes.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 9, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Zouk - Please explain how President-Elect Obama does not know what he is doing in regards to the economy. Just a hint - Hoover tried to cut spending to avoid the depression of the '30's, refused to bail out the banks and we know what happened there. It wasn't until Roosevelt took office, and had to be convinced to free the money flow that things started to improve, economy wise. You might also want to check out the credentials of who the President Elect has appointed as his economic advisers. One of them is even, "GASP", an expert on depression era economics.

You want to appear smart, I think, so why don't you use facts instead of talking points to make your arguments?

Oh, right, I forgot, you're a conservative. You guys forgot how to think for yourselves a couple of decades ago.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | January 9, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

In the end, it's true that the difference between Palin and Kennedy boils down to class: Kennedy has it, Palin doesn't.

Posted by: wmw4 | January 9, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

You really are in a state of denial if you think it was fair to bring up her husband getting a ticket when he was 17, if you think it was fair to look at her children's internet postings, if you think it was fair to avoid any reporting of her record in Alaska. If you think it was fair to report any allegation that was made about her without mentioning that the allegations had been debunked, while never reporting allegations about Obama without saying in the same sentence "of course this isn't true."

Posted by: kevin36 | January 9, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

To all of the left wingers out there who keep hammering on Sarah Palin:

PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE KEEP IT UP! Keep telling yourselves how STUPID and low class she is. Keep trashing her family, her state and her experience. And please keep telling youselves what a loser she is. Because you want to know something? You are absolutely right that she isn't a da*n thing like you and will never be. And THAT'S why she could well become our first female US president.

I hope just the thought of that makes you GAG:)

Looking forward to 2012!!

Posted by: AkCoyote | January 9, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Say what you want about her being too inexperienced for the job. True enough. But there is no question that media and comedy people went way over the line when they started making fun of her daughter's pregnancy. Tina Fey should be ashamed. And the women from "The View"??? They would be the first 4 poster children screaming about womens' rights, and how cruel and unforgiving society is to mothers or teenage girls who get pregnant. Yet there they are, laughing it up at Palin's expense.

Look in the mirror, women-of-The-View, the next time you accuse some male pig of not being fair to women.

Posted by: mmagliaro | January 9, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the first poster: not only crazy, but stupid too!

Posted by: kushka53 | January 9, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Exploitation is still a word right? Didn't some dude write a book called 1984 where they change all the words ending "tion" into words ending in "ing" so it would simplify the English language or something.

I guess Sarah is a fan of the book. :)

Now if she never read the book and she's doing this stuff anyway just from GENETICS, that would be SCARY. :-D

Posted by: autumnale | January 9, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama says his economic plan will be refined


Expect a lot of this in the coming months. when you have no clue what you are doing, there is going to be a load of refinements.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Not only crazy, but stupid too!!

Posted by: jehjeh5 | January 9, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I think Palin lied when she said she could see Russia from her front porch. She doesn't seem to be able to perceive anything further than 10 feet from herself. Palin seems to view herself as the center of the universe. I feel sorry for her, but not enough to vote for her.

Posted by: martyduffy | January 9, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"The difference is not one of party but of position. It's not a 'class issue,' as Palin put it in her interview , but a job issue: vice president vs. senator. If Barack Obama had tapped Kennedy to be his vice-presidential nominee, I would have been howling about her unfitness, not getting all misty-eyed about the cute little girl on her pony."

Yeah right, why weren't you howling about Obama's fitness for the job? He certainly had less qualifications than Palin, and made more gaffes than she did.

And why aren't you howling about the fact that Kennedy is sleeping with your news editor?

Posted by: kevin36 | January 9, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Dang, she is AWESOME!! A politician that is actually a REAL person who actually wants reform. Now we are stuck with a total idiot Hussein Obama who has never led anything in his life and is a crack smoking criminal.

Posted by: BubbaSmith | January 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

She's absolutely right about the double standard for Caroline Kennedy.

Haven't seen one news report about Caroline's knocked-up teenage daughter.

Posted by: Cheryl5 | January 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

if it were not so serious, it would be amusing to look at the credentials of those who think they are qualified to approve or disapprove of the credentials of various candidates. Take Hillary Clinton, for example. Her credentials were pretty thin. She was married to the only president to be impeached and disbarred in the 20th century. She screwed up a healthcare initiative. And she embraced Yasir Arafat's and Marc Rich's wives. As secretary of state, the various Clinton enterprises have completely compromised her, or should.

Or Joe Biden, the heartbeat away from the presidency: he has been thorougly rejected by his own party in his presidential candidacies. He is the only American politician stupid enough to plagiarize or even quote the hapless looney left UK politician, Neil Kinnock. He had FDR delivering fireside chats three years before he became president, and on television decades before television sets were available to many American homes. Good choice for veep?

Sarah Palin is human. No doubt about that. But she was the only major party candidate for national office with significant executive experience.

So, of course she wasn't qualified.

And look at the people who said she isn't. Marcus? Please. The New York Times which isn't even competent enough to do a decent hatchet job any more. The New Yorker which blamed Cindy McCain's dad for blowing up a reporter in the 1970's with only innuendo as proof.

The various blogs? The level of journalism in all this is below the gutter.

Posted by: hyood | January 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin/Greta Van Susteren in 2012

Posted by: milow369 | January 9, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

She's crazy like a fox. A fox that is insane with rabies.

I'd still do her, though. Do her like an animal. then release her into the arctic wasteland, and hunt her down by helicopter- wounding her a few times before landing for the kill shot. Good god, it must be love...

Posted by: k1ngmob | January 9, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"liberal Charlie Gibson"? when did that happen? can't be the same right-of-center anchor that I used to watch on ABC News until I got tired of all the fluff stuff he was pushing.

Posted by: eomcmars | January 9, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Ans: Crazy

Posted by: milow369 | January 9, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The concept of the documentary is one we should all care about. Media bias should not drive our choices, but it does. This blog post is itself an example. Chris has posted his take on the interview starting with "sympathetic interviewer" and "politician with score to settle." Then he surrounds tactically selected quotes with descriptions like "harsh words" and "scolding." He is leading our interpretation of the interview the whole way through the blog.

I recognize this is Chris' blog and thus his place to share his views, rightfully so. However, the facts stands that the media is in the news reporting biz not the news making biz. The media has a public responsibility to unbiased reporting of facts and should not take license to report in such a biased way. Palin makes a great point in the interview that blogs, like this one, while interesting are the authors viewpoint and not valid unbiased news sources. Both liberal and conservative news reporters are guilty. So is the election results biased by the news coverage? This is a question we should care about answering.

I wonder if all the people posting comments here actually watched the interview before making comment or did they respond solely to the blog post. In my humble opinion the blog post unfairly portrays the interview, to Chris bias.

Posted by: mywalk | January 9, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

There is a world of difference between the way Sarah Palin was portrayed by the media and the way Caroline Kennedy is being portrayed now.

Posted by: KTang23 | January 9, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I think what she says... mostly, is valid. I blooged for Obama and literally, she knocked me off my pivot. And I had her in my top 3 for veep picks. I kept saying, the reight wing would never except of pro-choice or AIPAC candidate. And she did come out swinging. She zoomed in and captured the week and blew the convention into never happened (except in Denver). The fact that the McCain people kept her from the media and that was the first opening I saw. I think the Sullivan comments are just the peevishness of the gay agenda. That is just something that is not relevant even if it were true. The pregnancy of the teenager was a blow... but another opportunity to connect with and engage the subject that ultimately effects a lot of families. Palin should have used the opportunity to mediate between the groups, pro-life/choice. A major speech. But... the economy was the ultimate decider and will be the decider of Obama. We [demos] dodged a bullet because the trajectory was not looking good after Palin was announced. And all I did was join the chorus that she was a rheightwing nutter. Politics. But no excuse. I'll do it again.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | January 9, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's a fun game. how many hours until the next elected Dem is outed as a criminal. I know most of them already have been, but you get extra points if you correctly predict the state of origin. Predicting corruption in Illinois is only worth half.

My prediction, no later than Tuesday. We already had ours for today.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin and her male alter ego,Rush LImbaugh, are paradoxically enough liberal: they preach accountability but take absolutely none and they have a sense of entitlement that would choke a horse. At the end of the day, Sarah, you should thank your lucky stars for a liberal culture that rewards idiots because they provide comic relief.

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | January 9, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Senate Democrats seem to be aping Bush’s Middle East policies; their only difference on Iraq now is a weird sort of revisionism in which a Harry Reid’s once serial declamations about the war being lost and a surge as lunatic are now reformulated as invaluable criticism that alone forced Bush to adopt the necessary Democratic changes that saved Iraq.

Obama himself on matters as diverse as the Patriot Act, FISA, NAFTA, Iran, Iraq, missile defense, and the surge seems to have gravitated away from his early Moveon.org/ANSWR campaign rhetoric to positions almost indistinguishable from those of the present Bush administration — as the appointments of centrists like Bush veteran Robert Gates at Defense and Gen. Jones as National Security Advisor attest.

Second, Obama’s rhetorical skills will help, especially with world opinion. We’ve already seen the American media re-characterize issues such as preventative detentions, renditions, the treatment of enemy combatants, and Guantánamo from “Bush shredding the Constitution,” to “problematic and complex inherited dilemmas that defy easy solutions, as Obama will tragically learn.”

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

For the next four years we will continue to hear from Palin, she needs the limelight to feed her ego.

Posted by: jing714 | January 9, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

There is a discussion of bias in an obviously biased set of questions from a conservative talk-show host. How's that for irony?

Posted by: SteadyState | January 9, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin was absolutely right about the class issue - Caroline Kennedy possesses class in spades and Palin has absolutely ZERO class!

Posted by: around | January 9, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

It was Andy Warhol who said, "Everyone has their 15 minutes of fame," Sara Palin's problem is that she doesn't know how to tell time. Amongst other things.

Posted by: atinaebud | January 9, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the gift that keeps on giving....to the Democrats.


I hope her Republican base doesn't catch on to how idiotic she is before she has a chance to destroy the 2012 Republican primaries.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 9, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

There has been absolutely no left-wing bias in the media coverage of Sarah Palin. There are also no pro-Palin reactions quoted in this article by the Washington Post, only those who appear to have an axe to grind with her. But in spite of this fact, Palin's comments and concerns about media bias have no basis in reality.

Posted by: joebloe1 | January 9, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin as always is just an opportunist. Considering that the Republican party has been the party of the rich, it is funny to talk about class. This isn't a question of economic class, but it certainly is a question of class in terms of classy and good behavior. This woman is so self-absorbed that she can't see how silly she looks and sounds. She owns her behavior and it isn't everyone else's fault for her own small time shanigans, hate-ridden language and accusations, absurb answers to journalists and her comic-book behavior. All she has to do is self-educate herself. It's not a difficult thing to do. The RNC will likely bypass her because she will be an even less attractive comic-book character in 8 yrs. She won't be interesting to anyone. The nation and all of us are moving on.

Posted by: lucy2008 | January 9, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

BALTIMORE -- Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Friday on charges that she accepted illegal gifts during her time as mayor and City Council president, including travel, fur coats and gift cards that she allegedly used for a holiday shopping spree.

A grand jury indicted Dixon on 12 counts, including four counts of perjury and two counts of theft over $500. She was also charged with theft under $500, fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary and misconduct in office.

another Day, another Dem.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Just watched the video for the heck of it....It makes your head spin. Where do you begin...to want to interrupt this wackjob to say "Whoa hold on, listen to what u just said!"
But if you did that, you would turn a 9 minuted vid into a full day's debate.
Let's just hope the dying, rotting corpse of Limbaugh's party does relect her in 12, just for sh*ts and giggles.

Posted by: sarees1 | January 9, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Ziegler's media moment with Palin explains more about a certain frame of mind, amplified by Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter, that manages to turn a profoundly mediocre person into a venerated spirit of America and Americans by some. The contradiction in terms created by an event-hungry industry is a monumental piece of work. 'Let's celebrate the overwhelmingly pedestrian in our culture at a time when we need to be inspired by the exceptional.'

If Palin so exemplifies the best of America...one so culturally, historically, spiritually and intellectually illiterate that she flunked out of three schools, graduated with a grade point average so low that a pig wouldn't touch it and believes in creation science...how is it that from the depths of her ignorance (and those who believe in this divinely inspired heaven-sent yutz) she is expected to lead us into an enlightened and informed future? Surely, we can't be serious.

Posted by: chirp | January 9, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin: Crazy or Crazy Like a Fox?

Just Crazy.

Posted by: junket | January 9, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

In honor of my Irish heritage, I have written a little ditty of limericks about Sarah:

There once was this Governor Sarah.
She came from Alaska to scare ya!
With visions of Russkies
Kids, husband and huskies
And big loopy globs of mascara!

O Sarah was such a fine gal
No terrorist was ever her pal.
Her mouth was a spigot
She spoke like a bigot
With twisted, bizarre rationale!

So Republican failure hit her!
Now Sarah's so sad and so bitter!
Us voters we did it!
We said to that dumb twit
Go back to Alaska and shiver!!

copyright, 2008 Mavis Darling

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 9, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"I see the transferrence of the bush rabid hatred syndrome has begun. Are there any reasonable Libs left out there? or are all you all consumed with animosity and spite?"

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This post has distracted you from your hunt for Obama's birth certificate.

Posted by: McBain1 | January 9, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I like the part where she says people have been capitalizing on "some exploiting that was done on me."

HA HA HA HA HA.

Sarah, you doofus!! Your OWN party exploited your gender and your purty face. The ONLY reason you were asked to be the veep candidate was because you are a "hot babe". It certainly wasn't because of your brains or a capacity for quick, critical thinking.

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 9, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Conservative Palin endured liberal Charlie Gibson's glasses-on-the nose pretentiousness, and Katie Couric's attack-dog questions; Posted by: leapin"

Couric to Palin: What papers do you read....OH, feel the barred fangs on that one....scary, really scary. Geez, if you can't answer a simple question like that how could you ever tackle a tough question.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | January 9, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

So what is all this about? It's obviously a PR clean-up looking forward to 2012. Hopefully, America won't forget just how divisive and hateful this woman really is. The fact that she never told the rallied and screaming supporters in favor of murdering B.O. to calm down or refrain from such barbaric statements needs no further examination as to how she really feels. She's unfit for public office. I wouldn't even consider her to shine my shoes. She's not even human.

Posted by: lingo009 | January 9, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Now I must say that Ruth Marcus is a liar. Obama has less experience then Palin, plain and simple. He only has two years in the Senate and eight years in the State Senate. A Governor has far more responsibility. Yet no one did any coverage on Obama to the degree they did on Palin. To say so is a pure lie. So, where were you then Ruth. Obama was not experienced and you gave him a pass and he is running the whole country. Yet you gave Palin a stinging vetting in the Press for a less important job. Ruth, you are a liar and a hypocrite.

Posted by: capttankona | January 9, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"The bad dancer blames the floor."

Palin was unable to speak about matters of substance with any coherence during her interviews with Gibson or Couric, but she would have us believe that was the media's fault.

She now says that she resents Tina Fey's portrayal of her on SNL... even though she appeared in skits on SNL with Fey before the election.

Campaigning for office should be considered an extended job interview. I, for one, am relieved that the voter did not give this mediocre candidate the job.

Posted by: doren | January 9, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Crazy like a Fox? Quite apropos: only a viewer of Fox News would take note of these transparent defensive talking points, and only they could defend the indefensible as they have been doing the past eight years with an idiot at the helm.

Posted by: dgblues | January 9, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

When your own press office breaks the announcement about your unwed, teenage daughter's pregnancy, to ask follow-up questions is reasonable.

I'm not saying probing into medical records is OK, but Gov. Palin made it a legitimate topic by putting her own name on the leak (probably because she withheld the news from McCain's 'vetting team' until she publicly accepted the VP nomination).

She cannot whine about later, what she originally shouted from the rooftops.

Posted by: Digger2 | January 9, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is looking more and more like W. Not enough brains to find their way out of a room with one door, but pliable enough to be manipulated by a puppeteer.

She'll get all the attention she doesn't deserve because that's what sells media. In a country where Bridezillas is a popular program on TV we shouldn't be surprised that Sarah, George, and whomever may follow will remain ni the public eye.

Posted by: Grumpypaul | January 9, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

And I think Sarah and Rod Blago were twins separated at birth. Look at pictures of them... the physical resemblance is striking, but take a good look at their EYES.

They both have that delusional CRAZED look in their eyes. The "I'm not playing with a full deck of cards" look in their eyes!!

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 9, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Who Cares

Posted by: lndlouis | January 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Whether you like her or not, I'm sure she appreciates all the free publicity.

Posted by: jeffsmyname | January 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

So, now Sarah is qualified to know who is, and isn't, the Center of The Universe? I never got the impression that Katie Couric thinks she's the center of the universe... all she did was ask some simple questions about which newspapers Sarah reads, and Sarah couldn't answer.

Sarah sounds dumber than ever, more like a junior high school queen with a chip on her shoulder than a serious public servant.

In answer to your question, Chris: She's just plain crazy. It's SOOOOO obvious. She's deluded. Nutso. Out in the ozone layer somewhere...

Posted by: mavisdarling | January 9, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Good. Let the Republican's blame their monumental loss on the media or whatever else, anything but what truly made them lose: The fact that they are disconnected from the American public. The whole Wardrobe-gate issue should be evidence enough of that. I'll be rooting for Palin in 2012, just so it's a super easy win for the Dems.

Posted by: rcokely | January 9, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin is whiner and is unfit for public office.
She is White Trash like no other a with no equal. The more she talks the stupider she looks. She has diarhea of the mouth. The bull crap
just flows and flows and flows.

Posted by: jimmy14 | January 9, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

This post is extremely rich, considering all the lies the WaPo told about her. See a partial listing here:

http://24ahead.com/s/sarah-palin-smear

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | January 9, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

So wait, Couric thinks she's the center of the universe because she refused to accept Palin's non-answers?

Seriously, how hard is it to name one newspaper, especially if you read "all of them"?

Posted by: DCX2 | January 9, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Didn't she fail the IQ criteria for public office? ..looking at Congress that's actually a hard thing to do! lol

Posted by: jway86 | January 9, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I find it ridiculous that Gov. Palin is crying "exploitation" by Tina Fey after performing in two self-parodying sketches the night she appeared as a guest on SNL.

Posted by: eitherorlok | January 9, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

And then she'll lose a Mondale like landslide. So what's your point, Chris? Sarah Palin is the political version of Ann Coulter, so stupid it would be nice if you media types would just stop giving her the attention she craves.

Posted by: havok26 | January 9, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

This woman could club a homeless person to death with a brick and the Village would make excuses for her.

Posted by: miket000 | January 9, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, Gov Palin is considered incurious, unread, and uninformed, and barely educated, in other words not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
She also likes to place cronies and other incompetents in important government jobs.
Haven't we just lived through 8 years of this same movie...

Posted by: NHEngineer | January 9, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I thought the media coverage of her campaign was an abomination. And I do not believe for a second the rumor that she is running a brothel on the side.

Posted by: repudar711 | January 9, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

topperale writes
"We can only hope that the GOP selects Palin as their nominee for 2012. The final result would make Goldwater's 1964 loss and McGovern's 1972 loss look like close races."


No Reagan v Mondale in 1984?

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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 9, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin is right, she was badly treated by the media. The questions she was asked were unfair and unusual questions("what newspapers do you read?" "what supreme court decisions do you know").

Posted by: mbutler99 | January 9, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

We can only hope that the GOP selects Palin as their nominee for 2012. The final result would make Goldwater's 1964 loss and McGovern's 1972 loss look like close races.

Posted by: topperale | January 9, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

"bama will "own" the battered economy, perhaps almost literally, given Uncle Sam's bailout binge.
Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 1:56 PM |"
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Yes he will eventually own it, but the distinction is is is George Bush and his failed policies that created it.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 9, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

bevjims1: post of the day.

no pun intended

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 9, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Crazy. How obvious does it have to be?

I am tired of hearing about her. Please move on the good news of the inauguration and the fact that the country saw through her and rejected her (and the fool who picked her).

Posted by: gtoney55 | January 9, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

My favorite comparison of Palin is to a "post turtle". A "post turtle" is a turtle that is sitting on top of a fence post.

-It did not get on the post by itself.
-It is out of its element and doesn't know what to do.
-What were the people that put it there thinking?.

Posted by: bevjims1 | January 9, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

"Is she doing anything other than positioning herself to take a conservative daytime talk show? "

I think this is correct. Her background is in "journalism" and she's got that whole beauty queen thing going along, just like that Hasselbach bimbo on The View. Righties eat that crapola up for breakfast along with a side of Lame-baugh.

Pluswhich, I think she'd be a minor hit among lefties as well, who'd come to watch the crashes.

Posted by: RealCalGal | January 9, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Like a friend of mine just said, there's no doubt that she's loadin' up her huntin' rifle to shoot herself in the head while aiming at her foot well before 2012. And if she doesn't do it, I'm willing to bet dollars to donuts that Huckabee and Romney are going to eat her lunch by then. I can't wait for the Spectacular Spectacular to begin! :)

Posted by: TomCadorette | January 9, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Just crazy, like someone who cannot get enough power. Not like a fox. Foxes are smart and Palin has proven herself to be far from that.

Posted by: bevjims1 | January 9, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

She is dumb as a post, and stupidly loony. Why does the media persist in bringing her up again and again, after we thought we'd heard the end of her? And with good riddance, I might add. Forget her-and her white trash family.

Posted by: Frit | January 9, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Whiner.

Where was the whining when the media had a woodie for the woman right after St. Paul?

Oh. . . right, and then they interviewed her. And it turns out she's an ignorant nutjob. And then even moderate Republicans abandoned the GOP sinking ship.

Look, Gov., kitchens and heat. As for the GOP, you people are so screwed for 2010 and 2012 it's not even funny. Enjoy the wilderness!

Posted by: Christian_in_NYC | January 9, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

"She suggested that comic Tina Fey's choice as entertainer of the year by the Associated Press was a prime example of that exploitation, and had harsh words for CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric; "You are not the center of the universe," Palin scolded Couric."
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First of all of course Tina Fey exploited Palin, like John McCain, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were exploited by the other cast members of SNL, it's called satire. And what the heck does "You're not the center of the universe" mean when talking about Katie Couric?, she asked her relevant questions which Palin was not able to answer coherently.

She was perfectly willing to whip up a frenetic hate-crowd from day one so that is why she has received animosity from bloggers.

Posted by: JRM2 | January 9, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin seems to think she is the center of the universe. Her concurrent ignorance and arrogance combines both nastily and nicely in her narcissistic personality.As for the interviews, she either didn't answer the questions and violated the line made famous by Jack Webb as Joe Friday:"Just the Facts Maam." The facts also dispute her claim that Caroline Kennedy is getting an easier treatment from the press.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | January 9, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Is she doing anything other than positioning herself to take a conservative daytime talk show? This seems like nothing but marketing to me. No future candidate would pull this whining victim act.

Here's hoping she gets an hour every weekday with a band, guests and an Endangered Species cooking segment to bury her political career, embarrass the right, and hand Tina Fey another Emmy.

Posted by: Attucks | January 9, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"with some generous support from the Liberal Media,"
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So if you believe that the media is liberal then i can assume you are in favor of the fairness doctrine?

Posted by: JRM2 | January 9, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

The putative Caroline Kennedy candidacy for senator has had the odd effect of reopening the media can of worms treatment of Gov. Palin. Compared to Sarah Palin's almost immediate immersion into crowds and public speaking, Kennedy seems like a deer in the headlights before the media that is either ignored or asked to submit written questions. Palin was a natural; Kennedy can't finish a single sentence without "You know" or "I mean." Palin's family saga and daily grind were populist to the core; Kennedy is a creature of a few blocks' radius in Manhattan and Martha's Vineyard.

Outsider and lower-middle-class Palin toughed it out in Wasilla for years of politicking on a 16-year slog through Alaskan old-boy politics; Caroline Kennedy in regal fashion apparently skipped voting in about half of New York elections, and has never run for anything.

Reporters swarmed over Palin's pregnancies, and her wardrobe, but apparently took on face value that Caroline's fluff books were really a sign of either erudition or scholarship.

Conservative Palin endured liberal Charlie Gibson's glasses-on-the nose pretentiousness, and Katie Couric's attack-dog questions; insider Kennedy I doubt will meet with either, much less sit down with a hostile questioner like a Glenn Beck or Bill O'Reilly. Her friendly New York Times "interview" proved an embarrassment — rarely have so many words been spoken with so little content.

But, no, the real embarrassment proves to be the media itself that apparently can't see this weird unfolding self-incriminating morality tale: It is not just that Palin is conservative, Kennedy politically-correct (e.g., pro-abortion, gun control, gay marriage, etc), or Palin a newcomer to public attention, Kennedy a celebrity since childhood. Rather it is the aristocratic value system of most NY-DC journalists themselves who apparently still assume that old money, status, and an Ivy-League pedigree are reliable barometers of talent and sobriety, suggesting that the upper-East Side Kennedy's public ineptness is an aberration, a bad day, a minor distraction, while Palin's charisma and ease are superficial and a natural reflection of her Idaho sports journalism degree.

A few generations ago, Democrats would have opposed Palin but appreciated her blue-collar story, and applauded a working mom who out-politicked entrenched and richer male elites. But now the new aristocratic liberalism has adopted the values of the old silk-stocking Republicans of the 1950s — and so zombie-like worship rather than question entitlement

Posted by: leapin | January 9, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutely wonderful to see the GOP further shifting to moderate Republicans and "Palin" Republicans. A small drop in the bucket -- 20,000 -- of the moderates have already fled to the Modern Whig Party which has roots with Iraq/Afghanistan vets. Palin is the embodiment of a gradual political shift where the GOP is slowly starting to splinter from between these "Palin" social conservatives and the traditional fiscally conservative Republicans.

http://www.modernwhig.org

Posted by: WhigParty | January 9, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is absolutely correct, the news media treated her shabbily

Posted by: armpeg | January 9, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I see the transferrence of the bush rabid hatred syndrome has begun. Are there any reasonable Libs left out there? or are all you all consumed with animosity and spite?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin's a politician, first and foremost. She sees a chance to keep her name in front of the national media, and she jumps on it with both Uggs. If she can wangle a sympathy vote out of it, that's even better.

It's the great GOP tradition of criticizing your opponent for your own character defects. Palin played the 'class card' for all it was worth, so she lambasts the media for treating Caroline Kennedy more graciously. Well, Caroline Kennedy may not be a Senator, but she's gracious. And Sarah Palin is most definitely not.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 9, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin: Crazy or Crazy Like a Fox?

Question C-squared: Is the fox rabid?

Posted by: meldupree | January 9, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is stupid like a rock. The more she talks the more she reveals her lack of intellectual curiosity and understanding of the world. She is interested in her own self-promotion and that is all, throwing everybody overboard including McCain who gave her this great opportunity. One can only guess that her most ardent supporters like Bill Kristol see her as an easily manipulated figurehead a la George Bush, as a pinup flame thrower like Ann Coulter, or relate to her feelings of inadequacy and simplemindedness as a fellow bimbo/himbo.

Posted by: dhxx | January 9, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

In the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I would have to say that the hypothesis that Palin is trying to cement her attachment to the famous base by giving all these ridiculous interviews is worthy of consideration at the very least. Another hypothesis, that she has psychological problems, is also worthy of consideration.

Posted by: dkmjr | January 9, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Democrats would be smart to continue to criticize her general not ready to leadness. With some generous support from the Liberal Media, we can get a lot of conservatives into a defensive, irrational support for Gov Palin in the 2012 primary.

Obama would have carte blanche to do anything he wants. Why, he could take on three more wives and come out of his Islamic closet! Hell, why not three husbands? 60 percent of Americans would be far more terrified of a President Palin.

Posted by: daveofthecoasts | January 9, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Once upon a time history was written by the winners. Today, history is written by those who yell the loudest and the most often.

It is great political strategy. The people who decide the Republican nominee for President are 1) sympathetic to attacks on the "liberal media" and 2) have a persecution complex. She is appealing to people who, with a straight face, complain that Christians are persecuted in the United States and that gays getting married are assaulting their own marriages: reason and reality need not apply. These individuals love nothing more than a fellow persecuted soul resolutely fighting the oppressors. Since no one has ever been elected telling the voters what they don't want to hear, she is right on target.

Posted by: caribis | January 9, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Must the media continually resuscitate this person from political death? If you were to just STOP giving her face time, she would disappear by her own irrelevance.

Posted by: dagnome | January 9, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, Chris, we're talking about her, so she must be crazy like a fox, right?

Then again, maybe you're just exploiting her for more clicks to your blog...

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 9, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

We needed to see more on her church, her supposed beliefs regarding the dinosaur-human co-existence, details on who paid for that great house she has, her hiring of unqualified cronies, and the like.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Are you talking about Obama or Palin?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

And, really, how can Obama avoid taking responsibility when he will be so actively meddling in the economy? It will be his decision to forego deep and permanent new tax cuts, his decision to not extend the Bush tax cuts, his decision on how to spend the remaining $350 billion in TARP money, his decision to quasi-nationalize healthcare, his decision to push a cap-and-trade carbon emission program and his decision to spend hundreds of billions on a "green" industrial policy. It might even be his decision to try and reunionize the American laborforce. Obama will "own" the battered economy, perhaps almost literally, given Uncle Sam's bailout binge.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 9, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

She's right regarding the press's comments about her kids and their situation; the children should be left alone.

As for her, I don't think there was enough hard-hitting coverage detailing her duplicitousness, vengefulness, and general close-mindedness (many other -nesses, I'm sure). Most negative coverage focused on her lack of intellectual rigor, her silly comments, and that kind of thing. We needed to see more on her church, her supposed beliefs regarding the dinosaur-human co-existence, details on who paid for that great house she has, her hiring of unqualified cronies, and the like.

Posted by: beefchop423 | January 9, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Posted by: euroguy | January 9, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Like Geradline Ferraro found out when she ran with Mondale, to a candidate for national office, nothing is off limits. Rep Ferraro was never vetted thoroughly with the result some shady financial deals by her husband were brought into play.

We now have Gov Palin, another one that wasn't vetted to well. She failed to realize everything she (and her family) did in their adult lives would be scrutinized. From membership by the "First Dude" and "shout outs" to the Alaska Independence Party to the fact it took her six years to get her bachelor's degree everything was open game.

What the GOP wound up with was a person who was, and still is, not even remotely prepared to become the leader of the free world. America deserves the best in her leaders. Am I asking too much for the President (regardless of party) to sound and act like a President ? Surely there were many more qualified Conservative ladies out there.
Palin needs to stay away from the limelight for a few years, run for Senate, get some experience in foreign affairs and actually learn how the real world operates.
The GOP has to realize the "base" is not going to be big enough to carry the day anymore. Gov Palin's Evangelical roots didn't help McCain.

Posted by: adipalm1 | January 9, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Make her go away! Please! Ignore her and she'll go away.

Posted by: thebobbob | January 9, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Keep yourself in the public eye, Sarah! We can all use a good laugh from time to time!

Posted by: thrh | January 9, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a little revisionist history. As a VP candidate, Gov Palin was treated quite well, early on, though obviously the media was trying to figure out who the heck she was - because the voters had no idea who she was. After a strong - and much praised - speech in St Paul, she removed herself (or the campaign removed her) from media scrutiny for what - a week or ten days? Upon emerging, she promptly made an idiot out of herself, claiming foreign policy experience due to a proximity to the barren eastern half of Russia. Now she wants to blame Couric for her own inability to answer an extremely simple question about her reading habits?

Possibly the saddest aspect of this spectacle is that the media - like The Fix - continue to cover it. Let her fade away.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 9, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

One can only hope she's the Repubvlican standard bearer in 2012. I'd prefer to win a lasting Democratic majority based on winning the battle of ideals, but you can't have a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent, can you?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | January 9, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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